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State close to 60% vaccination goal

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The percentage of New Mexicans who have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series stood at 59% Thursday afternoon, one percentage point away from the governor’s goal to reopen the state from pandemic restrictions at the end of the month.

The final tally is yet to be determined after health officials and the governor meet Friday morning, however.

The governor announced in March that when the state’s fully vaccinated rate reached 60%, the Red to Green COVID-19 risk assessment system and its restrictions on businesses and activities would end. Those receiving vaccinations this week will be considered fully vaccinated the last week of June.

A total of 992,324 residents age 16 or older have completed a vaccine series, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s vaccine dashboard. Over 1.1 million, or 67.8%, have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In Chaves County, 37.1% of residents 16 or older have completed a vaccine series, while 42% have had at least one dose.

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Despite having the sixth-lowest percentage of residents who have completed a vaccine, Chaves County saw its average number of daily cases drop slightly and just a slight increase in test positivity.

In the latest two-week assessment posted Wednesday on the NMDOH COVID-19 dashboard, Chaves County’s average number of daily cases dropped from 4.8 per 100,000 people to 3.9. Test positivity increased less than one percentage point, from 2.39% to 2.46%.

Both metrics would have allowed for Chaves County to remain in the Turquoise Level if the state were continuing to apply the criteria for the risk assessment system. Instead, all counties will remain in the Turquoise Level until the system is ended.

In its daily case update Thursday, the Department of Health reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, including two in Chaves County. Bernalillo County had 23, followed by Doña Ana County with 15 and the Torrance County Detention Facility with 12. Nineteen other counties reported fewer than 10 cases each.

The state’s total number of cases is now 204,577 including 9,059 in Chaves County.

Five deaths related to COVID-19 were reported: a woman in her 80s from Bernalillo County, a man in his 50s from Colfax County, a man in his 50s from Lea County, a woman in her 70s from Otero County and a woman in her 50s from San Juan County. Three had been hospitalized and three had underlying health conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state is 4,310. Chaves County’s total is 169.

As of Thursday, 101 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the state.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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